In the middle years, your son’s use of technology increases with greater emphasis on personal use and organisation while using the devices. This is a critical time for your son to develop good habits of organisation along with modifying and adjusting the use of technology at home and at school.
Within the classrooms, he will be using his iPad or laptop each day when necessary, at the teacher’s instruction. Often this could be between two to three hours, however, this depends on the nature of the activities and the teacher’s discretion relating to how they feel the students are best taught the current concept. As part of this process, he will be guided on how to conduct research online and most importantly, when and how to create using that research that is not always in written formats but could be in a mixed media format.
Examples of technology use within-subjects include the use of the online applications Stile and Mathspace for enriched resources and opportunities to develop deeper understandings through the teaching and learning in the room. The ability to be able to choose the format; either text, audio, image, video, markup or a combination through the software packages available (including Office365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple Work) give each student the best opportunity to be able to demonstrate their understandings. OneNote is used extensively across many of the classes, which allows scaffolded activities to be worked on as individuals or as small groups.
In Indonesian and French the use of the online application, Quizlet enables teachers to create self-assessed and self-paced activities that allow language to be taught through a mix of media.
Complementing this is the movement towards digital textbooks and resources as these online environments have become more interactive and offer students a greater number and variety of resources to access anytime and anywhere.
SEQTA is our Learning Management System that contains the specifics of how the teachers want your son to interact with the resources. This could be anything from page numbers or links to text books, YouTube videos embedded, ClickView video’s embedded, URL resource links, or the content being directly added to the page.
The school also uses Office365, for which every student has a subscription, giving them online storage along with interactive features of the applications (like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote).
In addition, your son has access to digital cameras, video cameras, GoPro devices, Maker Space kits and the full resources of the Senior School.